March is Workplace Vision Wellness Month, as marked by Prevent Blindness American (PBA). The aim of this initiative is to teach businesses and their employees about the necessity of eye wellness, with advice on how to avoid vision-endangering eye incidents.
Every day, workers suffer from workplace related eye injuries that require the attention of an eye care professional or doctor. Workplace safety experts and doctors say that the two most common reasons that employees experience eye injuries is because they fail to shield their eyes or they are taking the wrong sorts of safety measures.
Construction, manufacturing, mining, carpentry, auto repair, electrical work, plumbing, welding and maintenance are all high risk industries for eye injuries.
Making Work a Safe Site
Here are four crucial ways to protect your eyes from injury:
- Know the eye hazards found at your workplace.
- Lessen the possibility of danger before starting work by obtaining machine guards, work screens or other engineering controls.
- Use safety goggles that sit correctly and give enough coverage for your tasks. Your eye doctor will be able to assist in determining the best safety eyewear for your circumstances.
- Make sure to keep your safety eyewear in optimal condition, and replace when even just slightly damaged.
Eye Safety with Screens
Those who spend a lot of time working on computers or using mobile devices are also at higher risk of vision problems.
Below are some helpful suggestions to prevent eye strain and visual discomfort when working on a computer or using a hand held device:
Try to maintain the 20-20-20 rule which will help your eyes rest. At least every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. If you're using a mobile device, increase the font size so you can use it at a distance more comfortable for your eyes.
In addition try to adjust the light intensity of your screen to a resolution that is not too bright or too dim and place your screen right under eye level to pose less of a strain on your eyes. You may also want to speak to your eye doctor about computer glasses.
If you think that you may be in danger of any eye or vision damage due to your work don't delay! Give us a call to discuss the hazards and solutions for a lifetime of eye and vision health!